Wirral cabinet to consider how extra transport funding will be allocated

WIRRAL Council's ruling cabinet will this week consider a report setting out how a funding boost for local transport schemes will be allocated.

It was announced in July that the borough would receive a £3.2 million share of a £19.9m grant awarded to the Merseyside Transport Partnership, which incorporates Merseytravel and the five Merseyside local authorities, from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The funding will be allocated over three years and be used to fund both capital and revenue programmes.

More than £2million – around £670,000 per year – will be allocated to capital schemes and supplement the grant the Council receives from the Department of Transport to deliver the Local Transport Plan.

It means each of the 12 Area Forums will have around £20,000 each to spend on road safety schemes in their neighbourhoods, which could pave the way for more 20mph zones to be introduced if Area Forums decide that is a priority for them.

The majority of the capital investment from the LSTF will go towards improving the walking and cycling infrastructure in Wirral to boost the prospects of people finding work and to a lesser extent encourage more visitors to the borough.

On the revenue side, the emphasis remains on supporting individuals and businesses with their travel to and from work. 

The Business Travel Support project enables a team of Travel Advisors to be employed to work with local companies to design and deliver bespoke travel plans to encourage employees to consider more sustainable forms of transport to get them to and from work.

The Community Travel Hub will provide a one-stop shop of advice and guidance to residents with the aim of removing any transport barriers that may be preventing them from finding work.

The kind of schemes it advises on are already established and include the 'scooter commuter' and 'cycle-to-work' schemes.

Cllr Harry Smith, Wirral Council cabinet member for Streetscene and Transport Services, said: "Particularly in these times of serious budget challenges, our share of this successful LSTF bid is a very welcome boost.

"It will give us the opportunity to deliver additional projects and schemes in Wirral which will help to remove transport as a barrier to employment for local people.

"It also means local people will once again have the opportunity to decide on transport schemes in their own community through the allocation of funds through Area Forums."

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7:27pm Mon 15 Oct 12

JADEE1 says...

SO WHY ARE WE BEING TOLD THERE IS NO MONEY FOR RD CALMING MEASURES ON PRICE ST & WEIGHT LIMITS ,IN HEAVY RESIDENTIAL AREAS,?? & REMEMBER THIS,!! ,AN, ACIEDENT HOT SPOT IS AN, AREA THAT HAS BEEN TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE COUNCIL & RD SAFETY OFFICERS,UNTILL THE BODY COUNT GOT TO HIGH TO IGNORE,!! THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO TAKE CARE OF PUBLIC SAFETY,,!! OR PLAN COUNCIL POLICY,AT THE EXPENSE,OF SOMEONE ELSES,FAMILY LOSS!! FROM YOUNG TO OLD ALIKE !!SO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER COUNCILLORS,OR GET OUT,,& ALLOW PEOPLE IN WHO CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF BIRKENHEAD,& THE WIRRAL IN GENERAL,!!
SO WHY ARE WE BEING TOLD THERE IS NO MONEY FOR RD CALMING MEASURES ON PRICE ST & WEIGHT LIMITS ,IN HEAVY RESIDENTIAL AREAS,?? & REMEMBER THIS,!! ,AN, ACIEDENT HOT SPOT IS AN, AREA THAT HAS BEEN TOTALLY IGNORED BY THE COUNCIL & RD SAFETY OFFICERS,UNTILL THE BODY COUNT GOT TO HIGH TO IGNORE,!! THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO TAKE CARE OF PUBLIC SAFETY,,!! OR PLAN COUNCIL POLICY,AT THE EXPENSE,OF SOMEONE ELSES,FAMILY LOSS!! FROM YOUNG TO OLD ALIKE !!SO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER COUNCILLORS,OR GET OUT,,& ALLOW PEOPLE IN WHO CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF BIRKENHEAD,& THE WIRRAL IN GENERAL,!! JADEE1
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7:50pm Mon 15 Oct 12

JADEE1 says...

why is the arriva bus 409 still using price st,& others ,!! after they promised to cllr brian kenny cllr harry smith cllr phil davies & cllr jean stapleton in may this year, at a secret meeting, at laird st bus depot, public were,nt invited,to this 8th meeting in 2 years & various petitions,arriva will stop using price st for good in october 2012,well there, still using price st !!,so either arriva have lied to our local councillors,or they have lied to us the locals of birkenhead tranmere & bidston ,or some one is frightend,to say anything to arriva ,!!! ,one thing for sure we are,nt going to sit back,& will be looking for an enquiery,in november,!!7 involve outside press to see whats going on !!
why is the arriva bus 409 still using price st,& others ,!! after they promised to cllr brian kenny cllr harry smith cllr phil davies & cllr jean stapleton in may this year, at a secret meeting, at laird st bus depot, public were,nt invited,to this 8th meeting in 2 years & various petitions,arriva will stop using price st for good in october 2012,well there, still using price st !!,so either arriva have lied to our local councillors,or they have lied to us the locals of birkenhead tranmere & bidston ,or some one is frightend,to say anything to arriva ,!!! ,one thing for sure we are,nt going to sit back,& will be looking for an enquiery,in november,!!7 involve outside press to see whats going on !! JADEE1
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8:43pm Mon 15 Oct 12

David Scott says...

"The Business Travel Support project enables a team of Travel Advisors to be employed to work with local companies to design and deliver bespoke travel plans to encourage employees to consider more sustainable forms of transport to get them to and from work."

You can't get more right on than that!
"The Business Travel Support project enables a team of Travel Advisors to be employed to work with local companies to design and deliver bespoke travel plans to encourage employees to consider more sustainable forms of transport to get them to and from work." You can't get more right on than that! David Scott
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9:42pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Jimrob says...

"Wirral cabinet to consider how extra transport funding will be allocated"

Why not continue doing with the extra money, what you have done with the rest?

LINE YOUR OWN POCKETS AND SOD THE REST OF US!!!!!!
"Wirral cabinet to consider how extra transport funding will be allocated" Why not continue doing with the extra money, what you have done with the rest? LINE YOUR OWN POCKETS AND SOD THE REST OF US!!!!!! Jimrob
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4:07pm Tue 16 Oct 12

TRFC4LIFE says...

Might not be a lot to do with this but talking about roads in my area there is loads of potholes and rough edges on Kirkland Avenue, Roxburgh Avenue and Kingsdale Avenue all in very poor condition!
Might not be a lot to do with this but talking about roads in my area there is loads of potholes and rough edges on Kirkland Avenue, Roxburgh Avenue and Kingsdale Avenue all in very poor condition! TRFC4LIFE
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